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Nick Walter is the fishing Public Information Officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Catching fish, keeping cool in Arizona: some tips

If you’re the type of angler who likes sweat-soaked, year-round fishing opportunities in Arizona, here’s a few simple tips to stay safe — and cool:

  • Go early or go late.
  • Don’t go at all (is that an option?)
  • Drink water every 15-20 minutes.
  • Drink something with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps.
  • Bring your own shade (wide-brimmed hats, shade shelters, etc)
  • Plan a trip to a cooler part of the state. White Mountains, anybody?
  • Get wet. Soaking a handkerchief in the water and keeping it on your head, and under your hat, is a great way to keep your body temperature stable. Anglers also could wrap an evaporative cooling towel around their neck.
  • Know your limits: Summertime might not be the time to try for a personal best.
  • Leave detailed plans with someone (float plan).
  • Sign up for a boating safety class.

We are moving into a new moon, so expect better night fishing than last week.

During the Aug. 29 first quarter moon, there will be just enough moonlight for good visibility, but submersible lights can still do their plankton-attracting jobs. This time also means shooting stars will be highly visible.

Remember to verify the weather conditions before launching and check for updates while fishing during these particularly dark nights.

There are several mobile phone apps available with live weather conditions and emergency weather information. Monsoon storms can happen suddenly and without much warning.

Onto some more tips:

How to fish in Arizona during summer: some tips

Largemouth bass

 

Bartlett Lake bass, like this largemouth, are plentiful.
  • Methods of fishing on the summer heat differs. For desert bass fishing, all methods of tackle must be lightweight — light lines, small hooks and sinkers, etc.  Bites from these lethargic fish will be light, so be patient before setting the hook.
  • Across all statewide desert bass fisheries the next few weeks, plastic worms rigged on Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and dropshots will be the most reliable tactic. Make your leader small – you only want your bait about 5 inches above the weight on a dropshot. During the daytime, make that a bit longer, say, 10-12 inches.

Striped bass

Striped bass bag limits are unlimited at Lake Pleasant. Be sure to check special regulations at other waters.
  • Nighttime fishing gets really good in August with many boats catching anywhere from 50-100 fish a night. This information applies to day fishing also: fish deeper water and don’t forget to chum and have a great light in the water to attract baitfish.
  • If possible, use live bait. Live shad is the ultimate bait and will greatly increase your chances.  When fishing these lakes at night, be sure to think safety all the time. Have lights, a first aid kit, spotlight, cell phone, and also monitor monsoon activity.

Catfish and carp

Some big carp can be caught at night — try corn, which can be used for chum
  • Sticky desert nights are made for bottom-dwelling catfish and carp. Relax on the shoreline, wet a line with some stink bait, corn or both, watch the sky for meteor showers, and hook into Mr. Whiskers at the same time.

Trout

Silver Creek is a great summer, cool-water fishery
  • Best bet is in the White Mountains region, including Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake. Fishing in these streams should be good because of better water quality — as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.

See more about fishing in Arizona

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are Saguaro Lake for largemouth bass, Lake Pleasant for stripers, or one of our stocked streams in the White Mountains region for trout, including Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake.

Fishing in these streams should be good because of better water quality — as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.

Don’t forget to try the Dead Horse State Park lagoons near Cottonwood. A big largemouth bass  was caught there on Wednesday.

We have a new moon on Monday, which will make using submersible lights at night extremely effective. Surface water temperatures in desert impoundments are about as hot as they get — up to high-80s at Bartlett Lake. But they are trending downward into the low-80s at Roosevelt Lake.

Many bass have been rising to the surface for shad, but neither stay there for long, quickly dipping into a cooler, more comfortable zone (bass prefer 75-80 degrees).  Most weather forecasts call for a dry weekend, with some precipitation arriving by Monday in the high country.

Take the NHF Day challenge, win prizes

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting.

By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience in America’s Conservation Capital from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

To get involved in the NHF Day Challenge, visit NHFDay.org or call 417-225-1162.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Bear Canyon Lake

 

Shane V.’s daughter caught her first catch. “It was awesome!” Shane said. ” The kids even pulled enough crawfish out of there to have a little crawfish boil that evening as well.  Good times.  Shore fishing, we caught quite a few rainbows fishing worms on a Santee rig to keep the bait away from the crawfish.  It was a proud day.”

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):
Rainbow trout
Show Low Creek, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Oak Creek, Little Colorado River-Greer, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Ashurst Lake, Rose Canyon Lake.

Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 11 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, Aug. 10 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek. Wednesday, Aug. 9 –– Show Low Creek. Tuesday, Aug. 8 — Bear Canyon Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake. Monday, Aug. 7 — Silver Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Canyon Creek. See all the stocking schedules

Save time, buy online

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are striped bass at night at Lake Pleasant, trout fishing on the creeks below the Mogollon Rim and at Silver Creek (regulations are catch-and-keep with bait and a six-trout daily limit — the upper section is closed to fishing) and throwing top-water lures early at Lake Mohave.

But don’t count out going for walleye (along with a mixed bag of species) at Show Low Lake or Fool Hollow Lake.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Rose Canyon Lake

Mike C. and a group of anglers caught  this mess of rainbow trout  at Rose Canyon Lake near Tucson last Saturday (Aug. 5). Mike said the action came during the morning with PowerBait (green, rainbow, orange) and 18-inch leaders. The group reported landing about 20 in a few hours worth of work.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):
Rainbow trout
Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Dogtown Lake, Kaibab Lake.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 4 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Aug. 3 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Show Low Creek. Wednesday, Aug. 2 — Show Low Creek, Canyon Creek. Tuesday, Aug. 1 — Rose Canyon Lake. See all the stocking schedules

Save time, buy online

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Night fishing during cooler nights is still a great option (our Catch of the Week came after 2 a.m. at Lake Mead). We’re headed into a full moon, and predatory fish will be on the move for food. The key is selecting the right spots.

Try for locations such as major lake points that might get good fish traffic at night such as reefs along submerged river beds, submerged humps, rivers, creeks, and vegetation, or in the mouth of a major cove.

Bass highlights

Some anglers have reported that striped bass boils are picking up at Lake Pleasant, where the daily bag is unlimited for tasty stripers. This could be a great time to put some kids on a bunch of smaller stripers. See some tips for fishing striper boils.

Fishing for largemouth bass is good at Saguaro Lake with many fish coming via a dropshot rig in 10-15 feet of water.  A key to an active bite is moving water early in the morning when the dam pushes water.

Bartlett Lake remains good for high numbers of largemouth bass using crankbaits and some top-water lures  during the early morning and slow-moving baits, such as Texas-rigged brush hogs and crawdad imitations, as the sun rises.  Our water quality monitoring this week showed there was no oxygen below 26 feet deep.

Trout rundown

This week, by Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Oak Creek, and Riggs Flat Lake.

Don’t forget to check out our top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August. Not surprisingly, four of the five spots are in the White Mountains.

Save time, buy online

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Lake Mead

 

Photo by Don Martin

Jacob Jacoby  (right), with Russ Jacoby onboard (left), caught this 17-inch walleye on a one-inch piece of anchovy in Virgin Canyon at 2:34 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Rainbow trout

Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Oak Creek, Riggs Flat Lake.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, July 28 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, July 27 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek. Monday, July 24 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek. Friday, July 21 — Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek.

See all the stocking schedules

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

We have released our top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August. Not surprisingly, four of the five spots are in the White Mountains.

See the list along with directions, descriptions and fishing tips galore.

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Pena Blanca Lake

Justin B. with a gorgeous 5.6-pound largemouth bass caught Saturday at Pena Blanca Lake. He reported fishing he morning and catching more than 15 bass, mostly 1 pound and under.  The water temperature was 80 degrees.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Rainbow trout

Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Monday, July 24 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek. Friday, July 21 — Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, July 20 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

See all the stocking schedules

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A new moon with summer nights made chill by spats of rain showers — this can be the time to fish in the high country of Arizona.

Increased rainfall predicted for high country regions can also eventually favor anglers, bringing inflows and nutrients, and in turn baitfish and predatory fish. Target areas with recent inflows.

Monsoon season is here so be safe. Get off the water if there’s lightning and if you get trapped on the water find a protected cove or small bay and wait the storm out.

Submersible lights at night for stripers will be a great option if the weather is calm. Be sure to check the latest wind and weather forecasts. Anglers can fish in snow, ice, some heat (be safe) and rain – but keep those lightning (fishing) rods off the water.

Anglers also have reported success this week with bass at Pena Blanca Lake,  walleye at Upper Lake Mary, and flathead catfish on the Upper Salt River and striper fishing on the Colorado River Below Davis Dam, where Chris caught this 32.6-pound striper:

Overall, angling can be tough in July, but be selective in your spot and time, and you might go away with a heavy stringer, or at least a camera full of memories. Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Some fire restrictions lifted

Due to significant widespread rain and decreasing fire danger, the Coconino, Coronado, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Kaibab National Forests have lifted campfire and smoking restrictions. But remain safe when building campfires!  Read more.

Time to catch and cook those trout!

Also, see a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

 

Fishing tournaments resume at Apache, Canyon lakes

Apache Lake on the Salt River chain of lakes is relatively undeveloped and is an excellent fishery for bass and catfish.

Fishing tournaments at Apache and Canyon Lakes can resume, effective immediately. Tournaments on Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes were temporarily suspended when golden alga blooms developed over large portions of the lakes. Saguaro Lake tournaments remain suspended. Read more.

Cluff Pond No. 3 reopens

We reopened Cluff Ranch Pond #3 to recreational activities Saturday, July 15, after it was closed in June for use by U.S. Forest Service crews to help suppress the Frye Fire. The Cluff Ranch Ponds are located in the Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area off Cluff Ranch Road at the base of the Pinaleno Mountains.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Upper Lake Mary

David M. caught two walleye, including this one, Saturday, July 15, trolling a swimbait 10-feet deep.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Fool Hollow Lake; Show Low Lake; Silver Creek; East Fork Black River; Little Colorado River-Greer; Christopher Creek; Canyon Creek, East Verde River; Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek; Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Oak Creek Goldwater Lake; Rose Canyon Lake.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, June 14 — East Verde River, Canyon Creek, Woods Canyon Lake. Thursday, June 13 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek. Wednesday, June 12 — Show Low Creek. Tuesday, June 11 — Bear Canyon Lake, Huffer Tank. Monday, June 10 –– Canyon Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Dogtown Lake, Cataract Lake.

See all the stocking schedules

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Top-5 AZ family camping and fishing spots for August

A campfire burns Saturday night, July 22, 2017, at a Woods Canyon Lake Recreation Area campground site off Forest Road 300.

Family fishing and camping during summers in Arizona can produce some of the best memories life can spawn.

What makes for good camping and fishing during triple-digit months of desert sweat? Escaping to the high country for a ton of stocked or self-sustaining fish, quality camping amenities, and scenery that’s as cool as the air temps.

Many fire restrictions have been lifted, allowing campfires and gooey s’mores for kids.

Be safe with summer monsoon storms — get off the water when you hear lightning, watch out for flash flooding, and don’t forget to bring a few extra layers and a rain jacket to stay comfortable in the mountain cold.

OK, here is our top-5 list of family camping and fishing spots. Do you agree?

5. Kaibab Lake

Kaibab Lake is usually the jump off to the Grand Canyon, and has been stocked with some of the quarter-million more trout.

This family-friendly camping area is a few miles from Williams and an hour’s drive from the Grand Canyon to the north.

Anglers are still catching a few trout on a variety of colors of PowerBait with the best fishing being early in the morning.  Try taking kids to catch crappie around the fishing dock on yellow or orange mini-jigs.

Directions: From Flagstaff, take I-40 west to Exit 165; turn north onto AZ 64 and go about 2 miles to the campground entrance on your left. Paved and all-weather gravel roads are suitable for passenger cars (but in winter may be closed at times because of snow).  See a Google map.

4. Show Low Lake (and Show Low Creek)

Show Low Lake is scenic and just an hour from the town of Show Low.

Possibly the state’s premier walleye fishery. Has a year-round concession with 75 campsites (seven have electric hook-ups). New facility improvements, including a new fish cleaning station, restrooms, stairs from the upper parking lot down to the boat launch, and ADA boat trailer parking are now open.

Like Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low lake and creek are great for putting the family on trout, sunfish and crawdads. In addition to the premier walleye, the lake also has smallmouth and largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill, and is stocked regularly through the summer with 12-inch rainbow trout.  Kids can catch sunfish from the fishing piers or among the rocks along the dam with a small hook and piece of worm.

Directions: From Show Low, take Show Low Road southeast one mile from Highway 260.  See a Google map.

3. Fool Hollow Lake

AZGFD biologists regularly stock Fool Hollow Lake with trout.

An excellent fishery for getting the family into the outdoors and onto sunfish and mudbugs (crawdads). Has excellent family-fishing amenities such as clean and spacious campgrounds, picnic areas and fishing piers.

Kids can catch sunfish off piers and over rocky shoreline areas using No. 12 hooks and small pieces of worms. Crawdads can be trapped here as well.  Read more about how to catch both.

The lake has self-sustaining populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, walleye, carp, catfish, black crappie and black bullhead that are easy for kids to catch (try a simple worm on the bottom). Fishing also is good for 12-inch stocked rainbow trout — try fishing at least 10 feet deep.

Directions: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area is located in east-central Arizona, two miles north of US 60 off Highway 260 in Show Low. See a Google map.

2. Woods Canyon Lake

Woods Canyon Lake has been stocked with aggressive tiger trout.

A family fishing mecca. Woods has been stocked with tiger trout, and along with nearby Willow Springs Lake, is scheduled to be loaded with rainbow trout weekly.

For families who aren’t in to camping in a tent or camper during the summer monsoon storms, the closest lodging is at Forest Lakes Lodge, just 11 1/2 miles away on Highway 260.

A little tip: refuel your automobile at the Rim Resort Filling Station, just a mile east of the Forest Lakes Lodge on Hwy 260. Call 928-535-9682 to ensure it’s open.

At this small town station,  the pumps are “old school”:

Back to fishing. For a novice angler – or for a kid’s first fish – try putting a small piece of a worm on a small hook (No. 12 or smaller) and dangle it in shallow water between rocks for sunfish. Don’t forget about catching crawdads, too.

The best bet for anglers with boats or kayaks (the Woods Canyon Lake Store has boat and canoe/kayak rentals and necessary camping amenities) is to hit the water just before sunrise and troll, or slowly work, small in-line spinners 15 feet deep. Any deeper, and you’re typically fishing below the thermocline where during the summer there is no oxygen.

Anglers could have no problems getting a six trout daily bag limit or hooking into a rod-rattling tiger trout.

Directions: From Phoenix, take Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) northeast to Payson and then Highway 260 east to Forest Road 300 (Rim Road). Then turn north onto paved Forest Road 105 and proceed about a mile to the lake. The lake is about 30 miles east of Payson. See a Google map.

1. Big Lake

An Arizona summertime family staple.

Cutthroats have been biting on and off, and there are plenty of rainbow trout along with lots of crawdads for kids if the trout are not biting. The best part may be the excellent and plentiful campground amenities.

Shore-angling is still an option, but as the summer goes along, you might want a boat (rentals are available at the store) because most trout will be deep.

Trolling from a boat is the most productive method during the summer.  If shore fishing, get out early or late in the day, and take cover in your vehicle or camp during monsoon/lightning storms.

Directions: Big Lake is accessed via state routes 260 and 273 (Forest Road 113).  See a Google map.

 


Remember to check fire restrictions, as well as any special regulations, that are in place.

So grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

You won’t regret the memories.

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The Coconino National Forest has dropped to Stage I fire restrictions. Time to camp at Ashurst Lake (one of the spots where we’ve stocked some of the quarter-million more fish) or Forked Pine Campgrounds, and grill up some fresh trout like these:

This week, some other hot spots that have received trout are:

  • Dogtown Lake, Kaibab Lake, Lower Lake Mary and Kinnikinick Lake in the Flagstaff/Williams area. With the warmer weather, the fishing is starting to slow down but is still good early in the morning and late in the evening on Ashurst, Kaibab and Dogtown.  Folks are catching big trout on Lower Lake Mary early in the morning and late in the evening out of boats and float tubes;
  • Goldwater Lake and scenic Oak Creek in the Prescott/Sedona region;
  • White Mountains/Mogollon Rim region: Silver Creek, West Fork of the Little Colorado River in Greer, Silver Creek, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake and all the family-friendly creeks below the Mogollon Rim.

Striped bass story

Striped bass fishing is excellent at Lake Powell. Some of the best top-water boils have been at Lake  Mead, and striper fishing is also good at Willow Beach on the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. The top-water striper bite at Lake Pleasant has been slow. Look for striper fishing to pick up through the summer and fall.

Bass battle at the Alamo

At Alamo Lake, things are getting back to normal with bass fishing.  There’s a decent top-water bite going from 4:30 a.m. until around 6 a.m.  Then switch to crankbaits or plastics.

By the way, Bartlett Lake has had the most consistent bass fishing in the Phoenix area.  See the full report for details.

A Big deal

At Big Lake, anglers are catching some big rainbow trout to 4 pounds primarily on PowerBait. Fish are moving deeper but anglers still can reach them from shore. It’s quality over quantity right now at Big Lake.

Gateway to AZ adventure

Save time and buy online. Grab your gear and that fishing license24/7, and get ready for a pine-scented (or maybe bass-busting) weekend!

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Craig A. caught some big rainbow trout Wednesday morning under clear skies trolling blue cowbells deep. Another successful technique was dropping nightcrawlers right off the bottom.

See previous Angler Reports

Notable wildfire openings/closures

  • Access to Black Canyon Lake has been reopened (Gentry Fire).
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake, Frye Mesa Reservoir and Ash Creek is closed due to the Frye Fire.
  • The popular Lynx Lake North Shore and South Shore Day Use Sites have re-opened (Goodwin Fire).  The bald eagle closure at Lynx has been lifted.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, July 7 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake.

Thursday, July 6 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Monday, July 3 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Cataract Lake, Goldwater Lake, Oak Creek.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Striper fishing can be average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam. See tips on fishing boils — the action should still be great at night. This week’s full moon will make lakes easier to navigate, and arguably produce periods of better fishing.

Rainstorms are predicted for this weekend in the desert regions and early next week in the high country. — this could be the cool off needed to trigger another good trout bite. Try trout fishing just before a storm comes through.

At Kaibab Lake near Williams, the morning and afternoon bite seems to help produce a good rainbow trout bite. Try worms fished 2 feet under a bobber, or yellow garlic PowerBait.

At Ashurst Lake southeast of Flagstaff, some anglers Wednesday were catching good numbers of trout using white, brown or green PowerBait on the bottom.  Others fishing in the shallow areas of the lake were doing better than those fishing in the deep areas off of the rocky areas.

Flathead catfish are also a good bet at Pleasant, where top-water action can also be a hot spot this time of the year.

Crappie fishing should be picking up at Alamo Lake. This time of the year, nighttime anglers can catch 20-30 crappie a night by the dam using crappie lights and jigging minnows.

Don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

How do you get an AZ fishing license?

So you hate long lines. We agree: clicking is easier. Just head online and click away for a fishing license. Our licenses are valid 365 days from the date of purchase. Get yours.

Notable fire closures/openings

  • Due to the Gentry Fire, access to Black Canyon Lake has been reopened, as well at Forest Roads 300 and 86.
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake is temporarily closed due to the Frye Fire.
  • Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim is once again open. We have not received any recent reports.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, June 30 — East Verde River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek, East Fork Black River,

Thursday, June 29 — Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Wednesday, June 28 — Show Low Creek.

Tuesday, June 27 — Cataract Lake, Canyon Creek, Oak Creek.

Monday, June 26 — Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer.

 

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Friday and Saturday — Women’s Only Fly Fishing Clinic, instruction Friday evening at the Pinetop Regional Office, Saturday morning at Silver Creek outside Show Low (pre-registration required).

See the full schedule.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

 

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Great time for chasing the all-American catfish — especially during the cooler nights. Just see our Catch of the Week below — Arizona truly is a flathead catfish destination.

Other than that, as desert temperatures consistently crack 100 degrees, visit the mountain regions before the summer heat raises lake temperatures and trout activity patterns slow down. Summer has officially started, yet great spring-like fishing remains – for now.

See our summer trout stocking schedule. From May through June, we’ll have stocked an extra quarter-million fish statewide. Grab a license online, 24/7, and go.

Due to evacuation of the Tonto Creek Hatchery earlier this month during the Highline Fire, Willow Springs Lake on the Mogollon Rim was stocked extra-heavy with 7,080 catchable rainbow trout and a similar number of tiger trout. Also, nearby Woods Canyon Lake was stocked this week with 7,800 catchable rainbow trout as well as tiger trout.

At Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff, this was the windy scene Wednesday with anglers having success with PowerBait and spinners:

There are many scenic, family-friendly streams in Rim country that are consistently stocked, such as Tonto Creek, Canyon Creek and the East Verde River. In the White Mountains, try the East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer, Show Low Creek or Silver Creek – all are fishing excellent.

In the Flagstaff region, possible hot spots to try are Ashurst, Kaibab and Dogtown lakes.

 

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Kent Taylor hauled in — and released — this 62.56-pound flathead catfish Saturday at Martinez Lake on a live bluegill. Full story.

See previous Angler Reports

Notable fire closures

  • Due to the Gentry Fire, access to Black Canyon Lake is closed until further notice.
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake is closed due to the Frye Fire.

Remember: clean, drain, dry

All it takes is a few minutes to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and keep our waters clean and beautiful for ourselves and future generations.

Remember to:

  • Clean boats, waders, equipment and gear by removing mud, plants, attached animals such as snails or quagga mussels. Freeze waders overnight eliminate fish pathogens and other hitchhikers.
  • Drain all residual water from engines and motors, ballast tanks, live wells and bait wells. Pull your bilge plug and leave out during transport. Store in a location where you will remember before launch, e.g. next to boat keys in glove box!
  • Dry out all equipment that comes in contact with water, such as life jackets, ropes, buoys, tubes, etc.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, June 23 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek.

Thursday, June 22 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Cataract Lake.

Monday, June 19 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Canyon Creek.

Saturday, June 17 — Canyon, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

July 7-8 — Women’s Only Fly Fishing Clinic, instruction Friday evening at the Pinetop Regional Office, Saturday morning at Silver Creek outside Show Low (pre-registration required).

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